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March 26, 2017

Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that

hate him flee before him. Psalm 68:1

 

Brandon and Kendra had to stay with us a few nights while they were remodeling their home. Corbin hadn’t slept well one night and I had given his parents a break so they could get a tiny bit of sleep before heading to work. The night had been rough. Corbin didn’t feel well and he cried loud and often. It seems like it is the hardest when they are fussy and awake in the middle of the night. You aren’t quite sure how you are going to stay awake. You feel guilty for just wanting them to go back to sleep. Your eyes are heavy and your mind is in a fog. I don’t know how parents survive that don’t have the Lord to depend on during these dark nights. As I was rocking him, the sun began to peek over the horizon. The orange and yellow hues were faint but I could tell the new day was on its way. The colors slowly crept up the sky and began to fill the darkness with new light. It was a calming feeling to watch the light creep into a new day. It was as if God was slowly assuring us, arise, it is a new day. I have something for you today. I will take care of you and yours. Lay your burden down and walk into the new day with me.

 

When the enemy attacks, it is hard to see the new day approaching. It is dark and seems to stay dark for a long time. Our minds get tired and we want to just close our eyes and stop fighting. It seems our strength is gone. This is right where the enemy wants you to be. But Ephesians 5: 8 says, For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. The Bible is telling us not to partake in sin but to redeem the time, understand the will of the Lord and speak to ourselves in spiritual songs and singing. Yes, the night is hard. I know you have heard, hope comes in the morning. It is true. Walk in the light. Walk in the new day. See what the Lord has for you today.

 

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Ephesians 5: 14

 

Julia Scott

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